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Master in Criminology

Master in Criminology

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  • Programme title
    Master in Criminology
  • Programme mnemonic
  • Programme organised by
    • Faculty of Law and Criminology
  • Degree type
    Master 120 credits
  • Tier
    2nd cycle
  • Field and branch of study
    Human and social sciences/Criminology
  • Schedule type
  • Languages of instruction
  • Theoretical programme duration
    2 years
  • Campus
  • Category / Topic
    Legal sciences - Criminology
  • Jury President
    Dominique DEFRAENE
  • Jury Secretary
    Sybille SMEETS


General information

Degree type

Master 120 credits

Theoretical programme duration

2 years

Learning language(s)


Schedule type




Category(ies) - Topic(s)

Legal sciences - Criminology

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ULB offers a number of activities and resources that can help you develop a successful strategy before or during your studies.

You can make the transition to higher education easier by attending preparatory courses, summer classes, and information and orientation sessions, even before you start your studies at ULB.

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The aim of this Master is to enable participants to understand the different aspects of the issue of crime (types of crime, the workings of the criminal justice system, causes of crime, crime prevention policy, ways of tackling crime, etc.). The complexity of this issue requires multi-disciplinary training which combines sociological, legal, psychological and medical approaches. On completion of the course, which encourages students to develop critical and analytical skills, the criminologist will be able to combine knowledge of different areas in seeking a career in law enforcement, the protection of minors, prison administration, social defence, civil society associations working in drug addiction, prostitution, etc., security contracts, community service management and mediation, the private security sector, victim support, etc. Successful graduates can also opt for careers as researchers at universities or other research centres.

Given the nature of the current debate on security issues, members of the ULB's School of Criminology promote the development of analytical thinking, which is essential in a field involving fundamental ethical aspects. The course offered by the school benefits from the rich, varied scientific supervision offered by members of a dynamic research centre. The classes in criminology are supplemented by practical sessions, study visits and seminars which allow small groups of students to experience specific situations or respond to precise theoretical questions. Students will benefit from a high degree of supervision and guidance for their dissertation and placements, which offer an opportunity to increase their knowledge of a particular field which they find especially interesting.

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